MOLA becomes an independent charity
4 November 2011
MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) has now become an independent charity, regulated by the Charity Commission for England and Wales. From 1 November 2011, MOLA has its own Board of Trustees, chaired by philanthropist and businessman Michael Hoffman. But the Museum of London and MOLA will retain strong links and continue to work together.
Good business sense
Today, MOLA employs around 180 archaeologists working on most of the major archaeological sites in London. Strategically, independence gives MOLA a stronger remit; it streamlines operations, reduces duplication and cuts red tape. Originally, MOLA was a much smaller department within the Museum but it has expanded hugely - and has outgrown its parent organisation. Crucially, independence will give it freedom to operate and to explore new markets across the country and overseas.
The Museum and MOLA retain close links via a partnership arrangement set out in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This is to the clear benefit of both organisations and includes key areas of collaboration - on initiatives such as educational outreach, fundraising and public relations.
MOLA will continue to have its headquarters at Mortimer Wheeler House (in Shoreditch) and share specialist expertise and equipment with Museum of London colleagues at London Wall.
For more general information, contact Antony Robbins, Head of Communications on 07889 074475. For business enquiries please call Sophie Jackson on 020 7410 2200.